Dominican Republic Things to Do

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Dominican Republic Things to Do

  • Snorkeling and Scuba

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    The Caribbean Festival snorkel excursion was really a great time! We booked our excursion at the resort for about $80-$85. We were picked up by a very colorful bus and we proceeded to several other hotels to gather other vacationers looking some fun and snorkeling. It took a little while but was pleasant enough. After about 45 minutes we drove into...

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  • Zona Colonial - Old Town

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Amber is a vegetable fossil resin that when hardened becomes a semi precious gem used in jewelry. The range of its colors go from pale yellowish to bright red, and more rarely green and blue. It differentiates from Baltic amber in the tree where they're originated from. Larimar is a variety of pectolite rock, blue/turquoise, that's only found in...

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  • 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua

    Puerto Plata Things to Do

    Damajagua Cascades are 27 waterfalls (some small and some big) about 30 minutes drive from Puerto Plata. There are two different tours: One where you climb all 27 falls (one of them should be very high!), and one where you only climb the first 7 falls. I was a chicken, so I only climbed the first 7 falls... First you climb up through the...

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  • Beach

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    The Playa Blanca is the place for beach bumming on the south side. There is just a bar for those who might get dehydrated from overexposure to the tropical sun but no hotel. This state of affairs is going to change radically after the completion of the Westin hotel next door in one year’s time. At present though, this place still has the largest...

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  • Alcázar de Colón - Columbus' house

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    This mansion was the house of the Columbus family in Santo Domingo. It was built by Christoper Coulmbus' son, Diego in 1515. Today, it's a museum furnished with original and period furniture. This is by far the best of Santo Domingo's attractions.

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  • Isla Saona

    4 out of 5 stars

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    Teh Speedboat ride was part of our trip to Isla Saona and it's one of the funniest things I've eveer done! There's nothing better than the water splashing in your face while breaking the waves! The catamaran ride was also part of our Isla Saona Trip and even though it was totally different from the Speedboat ride it's still fantastic! You're able...

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  • Catedral Primada de América - The...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Built between 1521 and 1540, this was intended by the Vatican to be the religous center of the West Indies. The church structure is a mixture of Gothic and Romanesque styles. This was the first cathedral built in the Americas.

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  • Daytrips

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    Found some websites for entertainment and shopping off the resorts in Punta Cana www.websterhallpc.com www.palmarealshoppingvillage.com Also the official tourism site is www.godominicanrepublic.com hope this tip helped...

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  • Faro a Colón - Columbus Lighthouse

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    First the driver took us to the Columbus Lighthouse Monument (Faro a Colon). (Faro is the Spanish for lighthouse). The building was begun in the 1930s and was finished about 1992. The huge building, designed by the British architect J.L. Gleave, is shaped like a cross, its wings stepped back with increasing height like a pyramid. It is 668 feet...

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  • Altos de Chavon

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    once in dominican republic punta cana one must see activity tip is obviously a touristic tour to altos de chavon. not looking at all like a south american vilage. see my pg about chavon arriba and see for yurself. great experience.

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  • Los Tres Ojos - The 3 Eyes National Park

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes) is several caves beneath the earth. In the caves there are three/four freshwater lagoons (the eyes) and many stalactites and stalagmites (I have just learnt that stalactite is above, and hangs downward - the stalagmite is below and sticks up…). In the caves you follow walkways and a pulley-powered vessel to get...

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  • Manati Park

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    This park is wonderful to share with many differents animals. You will be able to approach the iguanas, Flemings, tropical birds, serpents, crabs, marine lions, dolphins and many more... the whole personnel of the park is very friendly and they are all the time answering your questions and giving to you the best service. There are also some...

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  • Acuario Nacional - The Aquarium

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Despite seeming a little dated (its actually built in 1990), this open air aquarium was actually very nice. Its location has a great overlooking view of the Caribbean. It has a great display of Sea turtles and mantees.

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  • Parasailing

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    Even though my country of residence, Spain has many spots where they offer parasailing, never got a chance to have this experience. Better late than never. Destiny had the carribean breeze to slap my face up in the air and there I was. A little doubtfull initially, but once I got off the ground, wow, really feels as you are a bird. Better not to...

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  • Museo de las Casas Reales - Royal Houses...

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    This building completed in 1520, was the office of the Governor General of the West Indies and office of the Royal Audiences. The complex has been a museum since 1976. It houses Santo Domingo's artifacts in the Hispanic period.

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  • Jurassic Safari

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    Guide showing us how chocolate is made from the fruit cacao (?). There were freshly-made chocolate and coffee products for sale afterwards. The lady at the ranch makes them. I bought some for gifts, and they are really good!

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  • Fortaleza Ozama - Ozama Fortress

    4 out of 5 stars

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Fortaleza Ozama was built in 1502 and this impressive fort is the oldest military structure in the New World. Inside the fort you’ll find The Tower of Homage, with two-meter thick walls and dozens of riflemen embrasures. It is absolute recommendable to take the spiral staircase to the roof of the tower for beautiful 360 degree views of Santo...

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  • ATV

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    there are a few different atv tours depending on what hotel you sign up with but the tour i went on was a good tour ,fairly cheap,fun, about 2 hours long and the tour guides were awesome, they spoke 5 different languages between the two of them(english,french,spanish,italian and some dutch) and the main tour guide was very nice and fun person two...

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  • Jardín Botánico - Botanical Garden

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    The Botanical Garden has been a must for nature lovers and everyone who wants to have peace within chaos in the city since its opening in 1976 during the government of Dr. Joaquín Balaguer. It houses one of the biggest flower clocks in the world (according to their website), a lovely Japanese garden, a section with native plants of the island of...

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  • Horseback Riding

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    Give yourself a chance to see what the country is really like......get away from the comfort of your resort and indulge in the rawness and culture. Take a tour with Bavaro Runners on one of their zebra striped buses. The tour we did was all day for about $80. They took us to a cigar factory (free cigar - any flavor), a school to see kids at work,...

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  • Calle El Conde - El Conde street

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    This tip about El Conde could also be a shopping tip, because El Conde is one of the oldest streets in Santo Domingo - and still among the city's most popular commercial centers. El Conde is a pedestrian street and is home to a variety of stores that include clothing and textile shops, shoe stores, restaurants and cafes, gift shops and...

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  • Parque Colón - Columbus Square

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    The 19th century precursor to the megalomaniac “Faro a Colon” mausoleum is the monument to the Gobernador in the old town on the grounds of the ex Plaza Mayor, nowadays baptised Parque de Colon. The composition is apparently produced by a French master whose name is not that important to posterity so it won’t be quoted. It comprises of Colon’s...

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  • Pantéon Nacional - Pantheon

    4 out of 5 stars

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Panteón Nacional (the National Mausoleum) was built between 1714 and 1745, originally as a Jesuit church (Iglesia de los Padres). During the church’s history it has been used as a tobacco warehouse, housing for the San Fernando seminary, public offices and a theatre for the independence fighters in 1860. In 1956 Dictator Rafael Trujillo turned...

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  • El Malecón - The Ocean Front avenue

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    I though about simply including this in the tip about the Malecón, but the seafront is just too beautiful along the outskirts of Santo Domingo to really cram in with the sea wall. The Río Ozama is obviously a major port and harbour for the entire Dominican Republic, so it can sometimes seem like there is not much point in trying to find the...

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  • Parque Independencia

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Altar de la Patria (Altar of the Nation) is located at the centre of Parque Independencia (very near Calle el Conde) and was built in 1976. Inside this white-marble mausoleum the bodies of Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sanchez, and Ramon Matias Mella are interred. They were the heroes of the 1844 independence movement from Haiti and...

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  • Plaza de la Cultura

    4 out of 5 stars

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    The is SD's main art gallery and it has a nice collection of Dominican art work. The main floor is reserved for special exhibits (there was an international tile exhibition when we visited), the basement has features on Caribbean artists and the second floor contains the permanent collection. The art work is arranged chronologically and are...

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  • Old Town churches

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    There is no lack of ecclesiastical architecture in Santo Domingo. This is a typical Spanish colonial city and as such it relies heavily on God and Armaments so respectively one gets churches and forts. In general, the condition of the buildings and the overall architectural plan is not that great in comparison to Havana for example, as a town of...

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  • Reloj del sol - Sundial

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Reloj del Sol (Clock of the Sun) is located just outside Museo de las Casas Reales at Plaza España. The clock was built in 1753 by order of Governor Francisco Rubio y Peñaranda. It was positioned so that officials of the ‘Casas Reales’ could see the time with only a glance out their eastern windows. There is also a nice view of Rio Ozama from...

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  • Paradise Island

    One of the many options available to tourists (gasp) is a journey to Paradise Island, which is about a 45 minute ride into the Atlantic Ocean via a speed boat, which our particular "skipper" thought was fun riding the waves, splashing us , and making us dizzy. :-) I asked him jokingly (I never joke...lol) if this was his first day on the job, and...

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  • Playa Las Ballenas

    If you walk for about 10-15 minutes on the village beach of Las Terrenas in a westernly direction, you reach the Las Ballenas beach (there are three tiny islands visible from the beach). This is a great beach close to Las Terrenas if you are not in the mood to drive to a more distant beach. Some great beach bars and not crowded at all!

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  • Playa Rincon

    Many say that Playa Rincon is the most beautiful beach in the Samana Peninsula. It is a little hard to reach though, either by an organized boat trip or otherwise by car to Las Galeras, and from here through a dirt road (4WD only) to the beach. Worth the effort though! They say Playa Rincon has great snorkeling, but I was not so lucky and spotted...

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  • Playa Bonita

    My favourite beach in the Dominican Republic! I admit the name is not very original, but it is still fitting! Mile-long white sand beaches, palm tree groves, turquoise water, but also just a little more developed than Playa Rincon or Playa Coson, with some great beach restaurants and -bars. About 5 miles/10 minutes drive with a moto-taxi to the...

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  • Playa Coson

    Roughly 8 miles northwest from Las Terrenas, a ca. 15 minutes drive with a moto-taxi, and you find the great beach Playa Coson. To me, this is the classical caribbean beach: miles of white sands, palm tree groves, turquoise waters and rather good snorkeling. The one beach restaurant was OK, but not great. It is advisable to organize a fixed pick-up...

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  • Las Terrenas

    Las Terrenas - a former fishing village off the beaten path for some decades, but now sensibly touristically developed, is the ideal base for exploring the Samana Peninsula in the northeastern Dominican Republic. It has plenty of smaller hotels and more restaurants and cocktail bars than you can point a stick at, and is also very close to great...

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  • Samana Peninsula

    This peninsula in the northeastern Dominican Republic has some of the best beaches in the country (Playa Coson, Playa Bonita, Playa Rincon, Las Ballenas and many more ..). It is also home to the Saltos de Limon waterfalls and the base for boat excursions to the Los Haitises National Park. It is well-connected with Santo Domingo (frequent bus...

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  • Santo Domingo

    The oldtown of Santo Domingo - called "zona colonial" is small - you can see most attractions in a day - but worth the effort of a brisk hike. Among the main attractions are - the cathedral - the only gothic-style cathedral in Latin America - the Plaza Colon (the main square, great for people- and pigeon-watching)- the Alcazar de Colon, seat of...

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  • Saltos de Limon - Waterfall

    My superficial impression is that the Dominican Republic is not really a hiking mekka, but this is one hike you should not miss out on. Limon - a 15 minutes drive from Las Terrenas - is the entry point for this hike. At the park office/shack, guides will offer their services (most will want to take you on horseback), but the hike itself is not...

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  • Jardin Botanico - Santo Domingo

    The botanical garden of Santo Domingo is not in walking distance from the "zona colonial" area, so a taxi is necessary which will cost ca. 200 Pesos one-way. The garden covers quite an extensive area - they even have a toy train who makes the round-trip if you don`t want to walk all the way. A beautiful place and nice location to unwind.

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  • Aquario Nacional - Santo Domingo

    This aquarium is a short drive from Santo Domingo along the Malecon towards the airport. You will certainly have seen more fascinating aquariums (it is quite small and a little dated), but they have sea turtles, iguanas, mooray eels, stingrays, ground-dwelling sharks, and the location with a view of the south coast cliffs is quite spectacular. All...

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  • Santo Domingo

    Santo Domingo is the DR's capital and also the oldest European city in the New World. It has enough attractions for 3-4 days of exploration. Sadly, most of the tourists including me, only get here on a day trip from the beach resorts.

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  • Walk Like a Centurion

    Some people may think that staged photos with costumed actors are too touristy. Personally, I think paying an exhorbitant amount of money to listen to a concert where the noise level breaks the decibel record is ridiculous, so to each their own. So when we entered the Altos de Chavon Ampitheater and the two "centurions" asked us if we wanted our...

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  • Beaches

    The beaches are generally a little disappointing, especially on the Atlantic side. White sand beaches are rare.

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  • swim with dolpfins

    This can be done at ocean world in puerto plata you can either do a swim or an encounterthe differents is with a swim you slip into the warm Caribbean waters of Dolphin Cove to meet these amazing sea creatures face to face and hand to fin. You'll stroke their glistening, rubbery skins, watch them leap and dive and finish up your amazing encounter...

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  • Outback Jungle Safari Tour

    Wonderful tour. Went to see home of true Dominican Republican.Visited local school.Went boogie boarding in ocean, ate lunch while music played and 2 local girls in customary garb danced tastefully.Went in rapids. They gave drinks of soda or rum and coke as often as you would like.They had plenty of coke, 7-up or those also mixed with rum. (but...

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  • Rum Runners

    The Rum Runners trip is widely available throughout the Dominican Republic.We were picked up at 8am prompt in a open top jeep, seating about 10 people. Rum was freely flowing, but for those who couldn't stomach rum for breakfast (Me!) there were a variety of other drinks and snacks at hand.From what I remember, we set off to the unseen parts of the...

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